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Novice Pheasant Hunter Program
Novice Pheasant Hunter Program
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​The 2021 Novice Pheasant Hunter Program registration is open.

The Novice Pheasant Hunter Program (NPHP) supports new hunters (adults and youth), with detailed pheasant hunting knowledge, practical field experience, and quality instruction on a trap range. Upon completing NPHP, hunters should have an understanding of common small game hunting skills and a solid knowledge base to expand their hunting skills.  Classes, clinics, and mentored hunts are subject to any State or local health orders.

Novice Pheasant Hunter Program Eligibility Requirements:

  • Completed Hunter Education within the last 3 years (since 1/1/2018)
  • Adults and youth age 12 or older 
  • Self-described as a "Novice Pheasant Hunter" - the NPHP is designed to help new hunters with little access to hunting mentors
  • Has not taken NPHP in a previous year
  • ​​​The Novice Pheasant Hunter Program is a free event​

Class and Field Instruction Details - Registration Required

​Students must complete Zoom based classroom instruction and a half-day field session to receive a NPHP vehicle Walk-In Access (WIA) permit.

  • Students must bring their Hunter Education card with them to class for verification
  • Classroom instruction will cover pheasant biology, habitat, where to hunt, regulations, ethics, safety, gear, and field tactics
  • Half-day field sessions will include a wing-shooting clinic and simulated hunt
  • Students may borrow a shotgun for the field sessions and mentored hunts
  • The NPHP WIA properties are in Northeast Colorado
  • Mentored hunts are available during the pheasant hunting season to students who desire additional instruction
  • Youth 18 and under must have a parent or guardian attend all sessions and events

2021 Program Dates

Participants must attend both of the Zoom webinars and one of the field clinics.

  • Zoom Webinar Session 1: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM on Thursday, July 15, 2021 
  • Zoom Webinar Session 2:  6:00 PM - 7:30 PM on Thursday, July 22, 2021
  • Barr Lake State Park Field Clinic:  Saturday, July 24, 2021
  • Wellington State Wildlife Area Field Clinic:  Saturday, July 31, 2021

More Details will be given prior to each event.

​How-to Register

The 2021 registration is OPEN.